Massage has been used as a medical therapy since the time of Hippocrates, around 400 BC, until the focus of medical care shifted to biological science. Therapeutic benefits of massage therapy include vasodilatation, increased skin temperature, and relaxation of mind and body. Massage is also thought to reduce lactic acid levels in the muscles, stimulate healing of the connective tissues, and increase lymphatic and venous circulation.1
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